GROW O'ahu

Island Style Gardening and Plant-Based Living

Comfort Food from the Garden: Risotto!

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Oh warm deliciousness! This was super easy, creamy and lovely, using very simple ingredients: arborio rice, veggie broth, “spinach” and mushrooms.

For the rice part, I used the recipe from the Vegan Slow Cooker for risotto. It is basically cooking the arborio rice in a crockpot in veggie broth slowly over several hours, stirring it about every 30-40 minutes. The texture is worth it- creaminess without the cream!

For the add-ins:

Re-hydrate dried shiitake mushrooms according to package directions (pour boiling water over them and let stand for 10-15 minutes)

And from my garden, the star green ingredient here: Cholesterol Spinach or gynura nepalensis. You can read about this fascinating plant as it was featured a few years ago in our local paper. It is incredibly easy to grow, pests don’t bother it and when cooked, it’s quite tasty. (It’s a bit tough raw.) I just pulsed the mushrooms and spinach a few times in the food processor, then sauteed over low heat with salt & pepper. When the rice was done cooking, I spooned the spinach and mushrooms into the skillet. That’s it!!

It grows here in my front yard bed!  For substituting regular spinach here, I would not pulse it, and cook it less time, as these leaves are much thicker and tougher than your garden variety spinach. Enjoy 🙂

Large, low growing leafy green right under the Grow sign :-)

Large, low growing leafy green to the right under the Grow sign 🙂

Author: Carmen

Things I love: justice in all forms; flowers; locally grown food; cloth-diapering; breastfeeding; feminist theory; outdoor play; beaches; wine; Divine interventions; 4-H and coffee. Things I loathe: racism; homophobia; toxic crap; misogyny; litterbugs; the zombie apocalypse and pitbull-haters. My formal education is in sociology, gender studies, and public policy. I'm also a Lactation Educator; 4-H Youth Development coordinator a Certified Master Gardener and a graduate of a Permaculture Design Course. I've been blogging for several years on dozens of topics- everything from women's health to breed-specific legislation. But the thing I like to write about most is my gardening, food adventures and my kids. So there you have it. Please be kind. Thanks.


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